BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004
Creditors move on Erpenbeck
As Tony Erpenbeck begins his seventh day in a Cincinnati jail, three of his creditors want him declared bankrupt.

Insurer cuts jobs, plans more
Ohio Casualty Corp. announced a restructuring plan Wednesday that resulted in the immediate layoff of 260 workers, or almost 10 percent of the insurance company's work force, and will idle as many as 250 more in the second quarter.

Peale: Pub-goers not eating enough in Norwood
Business at the Pub at Rookwood Mews has been brisk since it opened in late 2001, its owner says.

Comcast bids $66B to swallow Disney
Cable television giant Comcast Corp. made a surprise bid for The Walt Disney Co. that would create the world's biggest media conglomerate and likely spell an end to the 20-year career of Disney chief Michael Eisner.


Tax time: Get answers online
What's as certain as death and taxes? The Enquirer is again hosting a series of online chats to help people get answers to their tax questions.

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Bill shields fast-food firms from fat suits
COLUMBUS - Lawmakers Wednesday recommended passage of a bill to protect burger joints and other food suppliers from lawsuits filed by people who claim they got fat eating the companies' products.
Talks seek Ky. casino, racetrack compromise
Legislation that would legalize casino gambling in Kentucky remains alive as casino advocates and the thoroughbred industry try to forge a compromise.
Greenspan warns deficits imperil economy's health
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is set for vigorous growth, although inflation and hiring remained tepid enough that the central bank can remain patient about raising interest rates.
Stewart jury hears SEC tape
NEW YORK - Jurors at the Martha Stewart trial donned headphones Wednesday and listened to an hour of recordings in which her broker explained her sale of ImClone Systems stock - a tale the government says is laced with lies.
Milacron's loss worse than expected; shares down 14%
Milacron Inc. reported a wider fourth-quarter loss Wednesday and said it expects "significant dilution'' in the value of its existing shares from its unresolved debt refinancing.
Banning of fund incentives proposed
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators, strengthening their response to the mutual fund scandal, proposed Wednesday to ban special incentive payments by fund companies to brokerages and required that companies provide fund investors more information on fees.
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Tristate summary

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
SUNDAY STORIES:
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home
MONDAY STORIES:
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
TUESDAY STORIES:
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

Erpenbeck archive
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.